• Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/27/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Last night, it was a pleasure to attend the CTE Student of the Year Celebration. Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides a rigorous combination of academic and technical courses preparing students for college as well as successful careers in high-skill, high-wage occupations. Sixteen students and their families were honored for their achievements in their CTE program areas:  A+  and Business - Brett Mize, Agriculture Science - Stephen Kanekkeberg, American Sign Language - Mackenzie Powell, Athletic Medicine - Monica Ohman, Automotive Tech - Vincent Timmerman, Computer Aided Drafting - Caleb Ogden, FACSE/Top Student - Cassie Peeler, FACSE/ProStart - Autumn Templeton, Info Tech - William Webster, Graphic Arts - Liberty Morey, Marketing - Aiyana Stringer, NJROTC - Danielle Corpuz, Photography - RaeAnna Gottlieb, Video Production - Whitney Bolar, Woods Technology - Jacob Sartor, and Yearbook - Tiffiney Mitchell.  Thanks to our NJROTC program that provided the color guard, ProStart prepared salads and dessert and our Horticulture program created floral basket centerpieces for the event.  Food Service also served the entrée.  Please visit the CTE web page to view the student profiles http://www.skitsap.wednet.edu/Page/15451 Well done to all!!

    Ms. Marissa Rathbone, the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) awards co-chair, has informed us that our very own Ms. Courtney Vetter has been selected as the 2016 WSASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award recipient. We are very excited about this, as we too, believe that Courtney does amazing work! Courtney will receive the award at the Washington Teachers' Conference on Saturday, November 5th, 2016, and will have complimentary registration for the conference.  We are so excited to have one of our South Kitsap teachers honored at the State level, as this reflects so well on all of Courtney’s teaching colleagues, the PLC work that inspires such strong results, and the support staff that contribute to our teaching and learning mission here in this great district. 

    Ms. Erin Simon, Vice President for the South Kitsap PTSA Council, was recently awarded a Crystal Leadership Award at the Washington State PTA Convention. The Washington State PTA Board of Directors created the Leadership Academy Awards Program with the purpose of recognizing and acknowledging leadership skills attained by PTA leaders throughout all levels of the association. PTA leaders are encouraged to join the Leadership Academy program and submit their activity annually to create a record of their leadership in the association. The program awards points for leadership positions held in both PTA and other educational committees, classes presented, conference attendance, and other WSPTA and National PTA events. The award recognizes four leadership levels from bronze to crystal. This past weekend, Erin Simon was given an award for achieving the crystal level, the highest in PTA. Thank you to Ms. Simon and all of our wonderful parent partners.  Well done !!

    The Port Orchard Rotary Club recognizes stand out students at each elementary school and junior high school. The students are selected by their teachers and building principal for academics, leadership, and strong character. Congratulations to all these outstanding students! Reed Chermak and Josilyn Bates from Burley Glenwood, Ezekiel Rivera-Guadamuz and Kayla Moody from EPO, Emily Holtcamp, Tom Petroff, Sierra Dague, Gabriel Curvin, and LeEssa Dague from Explorer Academy, Piper Scheitlin and Owen Collins from Hidden Creek, McKenna Dorsey and Leila Donyaei from Manchester, Amellia Schlatter and Kiersti Tailleur from Mullenix Ridge, Will Morgan and Asher Burns from Olalla, Hana Chollar and Kayden Wetzel from Orchard Heights, Rhiannon Gorski and Elise Thorley from Sidney Glen, Ziva McCullough and Kina Painter from South Colby, Megan Miller and Collin Bass from Sunnyslope, Francesca Corso, Kadin Backlund, and Jordan Javier from Cedar Heights, Jenna Young, Noah Follis, and Devon Keyt from Marcus Whitman, and Piper Willson, Leah Hannan, and Thomas Bidewell from John Sedgwick Junior High.  Our future is in good hands.  Well done !! 

    Cedar Heights students traveled to Washington State University to compete at the Imagine Tomorrow science competition.  They participated with over 400 students, 141 different teams.  On Saturday, May 21, Thomas Bailey and Sidney Higley along with contributions from student Ramiah Rente, presented their project on Algae Agriculture to Judges from Microsoft, Tacoma City Light, NARA Biofuels, Alaska Airlines, USDA, British Petroleum and many more.   They met and interacted with students from three states working to solve our energy challenges and present solutions for a brighter tomorrow.  They won an award for Best Project from a newly participating school with a prize of $100 for each student and $500 for their school.  Thomas, Sidney and Ramiah have already started planning their project for next year and can’t wait to represent South Kitsap at WSU in 2017.  For more information on the competition please visit http://imagine.wsu.edu/ Well done !!

    On Saturday in the pouring rain  the track and field team finished competing in the district track meet where Nolan Van Amen broke another school record in the discus  with a throw of 174 feet 5 inches.  Albert MacArthur was 2nd in the triple jump , Mylie LaFountaine finished 5th in the  300 meter hurdles , Paxton Depoe finished 7th in the 800 meter and the girls 4x400 finished 8th with a season best time of 4:06 . Congratulations to the 5 members of the track team who are moving on to state finals this weekend at Mt. Tahoma: Albert MacArthur in the long and triple jumps, Nolan Van Amen in the shot and discus, William Vargas in the high jump, Mylie LaFountaine in the 300m hurdles, and Paxton DePoe in the 800m run.  Our SK Fastpitch team played very well in the West Central District Tournament, losing their final game to the nationally ranked Tahoma Bears.  It was a great season and most of the team returns next year, so look for great things in the future.  Go Wolves !!

    Recently at Burley Glenwood Elemntary School, as part of a class assignment, young students in Ms. Delynn Maples wrote a class book entitled “What Does Our Principal Do All Day?”  Some of Ms. Maples’s favorite responses are: “Mr. Grant puts up with kids that are being bad at recess. He lives in the office and loves us.”- Albert  “He talks to people about being nice to people. I love you Mr. Grant and you love me!” –Olivia  “Mr. Grant  watches out for kids being mean. He works all day. Mr. Grant is the best principal. The school is the best. It is fun being at school.” Cassidy  “He will sleep all day and dream everyone was bad.” Charlie.  Children so often capture the amazing simplicity in our lives.  It is wise for us to remember not to make complicated that which is by nature simple…

    The CTE Department recently submitted an application for the CTE Makeover Challenge, a grant that would support the development of a makerspace at South Kitsap High School.  The CTE, IT, Facilities and Fine Arts Departments, along with Kitsap Regional Library, have partnered to develop a makerspace vision that would provide a space for students and teachers to “make” for their courses and for their own personal interests.  A dark room from one of our former film photography spaces is being redeveloped into a makerspace activity hub, with the ability to branch out into our existing CTE instructional spaces as projects require.  The team has been meeting weekly to develop a vision, scope, budget and plan for implementation in the fall.  This innovative thinking is so inspiring.  Well done !!

    Coming soon, the talented SKHS Choirs will present One Night On Broadway on June 4 & 5. This cabaret style show features songs and medleys from musical theatre productions produced by students. The evening features a two act show and a dessert at the intermission. Tickets are by pre-sale only and are available through any SKHS Choir student or through Mr. Allen (360-874-5648) at South Kitsap High School.  We are blessed to have so many talented students and staff in South Kitsap.

    Finally, I wish each of you the best Memorial Day week-end ever.  I would also ask each of you to pause during the BBQ, and other fun activities we will be having this weekend … to think about and thank those who have served our country so valiantly and remember the many sacrifices made on our behalf. It is so true that we are free because of the brave.  Thank you.

     Memorial Day

    “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”  — Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/20/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Last night we took time to recognize more than 75 of our community partners who go above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. Opportunity presents itself as a door to a new level of success. One can knock and knock and never get through. Our partners have been the key, unlocking new opportunities and taking us to places we never thought possible. View the Celebration of Partnerships photo gallery on our website. Thank you to East Port Orchard Elementary for hosting the event.  “The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” - DeAnn Hollis

    We have had several South Kitsap graduates in the news recently.  The first, shares the story of a recent SK graduate who finds passion their for rowing at the University of Portland.  The sport of crew is also coming to the South Kitsap School District and will have its inaugural season next year.  We have acquired our first used crew shell from the Bainbridge Island Crew Club and are ready to strike out on our journey to excellence on the water.  Crew is one of the most prolific college scholarship sports available to our young people and teaches tremendous life skills of discipline and dedication.

    I want to take a moment and announce the appointment of Ms. Barbara Pixton as the Mullenix Ridge Principal for the coming year. Most recently, Barbara has served as the Assistant Principal at Orchard Heights Elementary.  Previous to her employment with our school district, Barbara was a Dean of Students in the North Kitsap School District, as well as an Instructional Support Specialist and teacher.  She also served in the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer.  In 2008, Barbara earned her Principal Certification from Pacific Lutheran University.  She also received her Master’s degree in Leadership/Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a minor in Special Education from Pacific Lutheran University, in 2007 and 2001, respectively.  Barbara was recognized as the Delta Kappa Gamma Educator of the Year in 2012-2013, and was awarded the PTSA Golden Acorn Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010 and 2006-2007 school years.  In her own words, Barbara offered that being “dedicated to providing an environment where everyone is enthusiastic about learning and motivated by their own success is my number one goal.”  Please take a moment to send Barbara a note of congratulations pixton@skitsap.wednet.edu as she moves to her new role in our district family.  Congratulations Barbara !!

    South Kitsap Equestrian Team Head Coach, Ms. Geri  Hildebrand, is pleased to announce that our Equestrian Team is the State Champions in In Hand Obstacle Relay!  The IHOR is Carley Stratton (SKHS), Shawna Hettick (Peninsula) Kallie Daviscourt ( North Mason), Ashlee Thomas ( Central Kitsap).  These athletes come from four different high schools!  The team is moving on to PNWIC.  PACIFIC NORTHWEST  INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, June 18-20, 2016.  Abigail Saar is the alternate in Dressage an could be called up to compete at PNWIC.  These athletes are not only fantastic with horses they are also academically sound and have amazing plans for their future.  Coach Hildebrand commented; “It has been a pleasure to work with them.  I am looking forward to growing our team for 2016-2017.  We are super excited to compete at PNWIC!  Go Wolves ! 

    What an exciting opportunity awaits young people and adults this summer at the Kitsap Regional Library.  For the youth, there are incentives including a book and a ticket to the Kitsap County Fair for reading ten hours.  For adults, (and I am so excited about this) if we read 100 hours, we are eligible for a copy of the upcoming One Book, One Community book and a t-shirt.  So, get some rest so you are up to starting the Reading Log for the Kitsap Regional Library 100 hour reading challenge. 

    The 2016 ESD 114 School Bus Driver Roadeo was held Saturday, May 14, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  The results of the competition were:

    • 1st – Jeani Bantam – South Kitsap School District. Jeani was the 3rd place winner last year.
    • 3rd – Loretta Mehs – South Kitsap School District. Loretta was the 1st place winner last year.
    • 5th (Rookie of Year) – Aaron Hughes – South Kitsap School District.

    Both Jeani and Loretta qualified to compete at the state competition being held on June 26 at the WAPT Conference in Yakima.  Additionally Driver Trainer Brenda Boice has been asked to join the ESD 114 Driver Trainer team that briefs all the driver trainers during the spring in preparation for the next year school bus driver in-service. This is quite a compliment for Brenda Boice’s skills and reflects well on the work that she has been doing here in the South Kitsap School District.  Well done !!

    The Wolves competed very well at the Narrows League Track and Field Championships!  We had a large number of athletes are moving on to this week’s West Central District Track and Field Championships.  Of particular note, we had both the male and female Track Athletes of the Meet.  Albert MacArthur won the long jump and triple jump in a new school record of 47’1” and also qualified in the Javelin.  Albert was named Male Field Athlete of the Meet! while Mylie LaFountaine won the 300 hurdles and qualified in the 400m dash, 100m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Mylie was named Female Track Athlete of the Meet!  Setting a League Record, Nolan VanAmen won the shot put in a new Narrows League Record of 57’11.5” and also won the discus for the third year in a row.  Go Wolves !!!!

    Olalla Elementary has established the 2015-2016 Olalla STEM Squad. Membership requirements were to write an essay, maintain a B average, and meet behavior expectations. Squad members completed several projects including the Popsicle stick bridge challenge, watercraft weight construction and testing, recycled robots, logic puzzles, and engineering a solo cup Launchpad. The STEM Squad held bi-monthly meetings with officers that the club elected. Students voted on the T-Shirt logo choices, designed and printed by Mr. Macomber.  The STEM SQUAD logo was also voted on:  “We’re not Maniacs, we’re Brainiacs!” The STEM Squad Advisors were Tina Jordan for 5th grade, Kaylynn Krafcik for 3rd grade, and Ashley Ecklund for 3rd grade.  How exciting to be on the innovative edge…  Well done !!

    Another great article in the news about one of our own South Kitsap graduates, Mr. Bud Bannon.  The article features the Athletic Medicine Program at Kent-Meridian High School.  Bud is the sports medicine instructor and athletic trainer at Kent-Meridian.  Mr. Bannon got involved in sports medicine as a student at South Kitsap High School and went on to get a bachelor's degree in athletic training at Washington State University before becoming a teacher, so he knows first-hand the benefits of sports medicine courses.  "It is just big with preparing them for industry, keeping in mind that they have years of college before they can enter industry which is rough," he said. "But I know that when I left high school, I was ahead and it was helpful in college."  Thank you to all the staff that inspired Bud on this journey.  Your work inspires so many and makes a difference in the lives of our community for many years.  Well done !!

    Let’s have a great rest of the week and enjoy a joyful week-end…  “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”  — James N. Watkins, Author

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/13/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What a great week to be a South Kitsap School District member.  There are so many amazing activities and events going on…

    On Saturday, May 7, volunteers from Transportation Services, NJROTC and students from SKHS, Cedar Heights, Marcus Whitman and John Sedgwick gathered at Albertsons on Olney and Sedgwick for the 7th Annual "Stuff the Bus."  Stuff the Bus is an annual event where food and sundries are donated from students from all schools and then buses are staged at local stores to collect additional food and donations from the community.  This year students from the South Kitsap School District, Albertsons and the community donated over 53,000 pounds of food and sundries, along with $910 that smashed last year's record of 8,700 pounds.  What another superb example of school, community and business partnership to help those in need in our community.  Well done and thank you !!

    Just next door, at East Port Orchard Elementary, Ms. Karla Baehr’s 2nd Grade class has exciting things happening in their classroom. They have adult ladybugs that are emerging from their pupae. It is so exciting to have this real life nature struggle and transition playing out in a classroom next door..;>)

    The American Sign Language (ASL) Spring Concert is Tuesday,  May 17th at South Kitsap High School, main stage, beginning at 6 pm.   There will be over 115 high school students performing a variety of songs using American Sign Language. There will be 26 different songs featuring large groups, small group, duets and solos. Our students have been practicing since March and are excited to perform next week. The concert is FREE  - come and enjoy!  ASL Teacher, Ms. Beth Cordy, commented, “The best choir you’ll never hear!!!”  I so appreciate the dedication and excellence and can’t wait to attend. 

    The following students were recognized as Students of the Month by the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard. Each month, school staff nominate outstanding students to be honored at the Kiwanis luncheon. The students receive a certificate, monetary gift, and a lunch with their family. The students shown are Ayana Lightfoot (Marcus Whitman), Max Nail (South Kitsap High), Angelyko Lund (John Sedgwick), Zach Purdue (Marcus Whitman), Giovanna Stewart (Cedar Heights), Emma York (South Kitsap High), Cassandra Hebert (John Sedgwick), and Jonah Okamoto (Cedar Heights). Well done !!

    Drew Halili, a Freshman at Sedgwick finished 2nd  for the Wolves in the Narrows League Golf Tournament with a two day 3 under par total of 141.  Drew has qualified for the WIAA State Tournament, May 24th and 25th at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.  Well done !!  Go Wolves !!

    As we celebrate achievements for our spring sport athletes, I think it is important to note their academic achievements.  We are grateful for their commitments and the commitments of our coaches to the ‘student athlete’ experience.  Well done!!

    Spring Sports Team GPA

    Team                              # of athletes         GPA

    Boys Golf                                  9                  3.41  

    Girls Golf                                  9                 2.81

    Girls Tennis                              76               3.33

    Girls Waterpolo                         25               3.07

    Fastpitch                                  39               2.99

    Boys Track and Field                 94               2.79

    Girls Track and Field                 72               3.22

    Baseball                                    46               2.96

    Girls Lacrosse                           20               2.94

    Boys Soccer                              53               2.87

    Boys Lacrosse                           31               2.54

    Spring Sports                         421             3.00

    As we look ahead to the 2016-2017 school year, our junior high principals have scheduled events to welcome their incoming 7th grade students and in the case of Cedar Heights Middle School, they will be welcoming a new class of 6th and 7th grade students in the fall. Please check the school calendars on our website for more information about these events. Cedar Heights is hosting a Parent Coffee on Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m., John Sedgwick will host their event on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30p.m., and Marcus Whitman will host their event on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m.  We have great expectations….

    On Monday, May 2, Representative Michelle Caldier visited Cedar Heights as part of the Pathfinder Speaker series. One morning a month, a highly successful/influential individual is invited to visit the school and speak to a group of 70-100 students for approximately 15-20 minutes with additional time for questions. The speakers have an opportunity to share what they do, their own history, and what it took to get to where they are now.  The goal is help students to set their goals and dreams past high school by providing them opportunities to listen to and interact with real people who have journeyed through school just like them and found a path to achievement, success, and being a contributing member of society.  These conversations continue to engage and inspire students as they look to the future. 

    For those of us following the progress of the legislative response to the McCleary decision, the interim draft report is quite interesting.  Already in the news as of yesterday, the legislative response reference 2016 Report to the Washington State Supreme Court by the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation is a provocative read.  It appears that this conversation and the resolution of the State’s paramount duty are far from resolved. 

    Perhaps you've seen this already. NPR/KUOW played it yesterday afternoon. SKSD received a nice highlight. Here's the link to the full article. The article discusses achievement gap data amongst differing school district in the State of Washington.   In the article, the author noted,  “Seattle’s white-black gap is also the biggest one in Washington, and about seven times more severe than in the district with the smallest gap — South Kitsap, which serves Port Orchard and Olalla.”  I think this is an example of our commitment to meeting the needs of all students – no exceptions.   Well done !!

    “To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.” — Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), American Women's Rights Activist.

    All the best for a great week-end,


    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/6/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What a beautiful start to this May month !! All the wind and storms are definitely in the rear view mirror ;>)

    It is my pleasure to announce that the South Kitsap NJROTC Unit has been awarded Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors status for the 2015-2016 school year.  This is the highest award available to an NJROTC unit and it would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the cadets coupled with the absolutely superb leadership and support the unit receives from Capt. Todd Schapler and Senior Chief Harold Vickers. This award brings with it an additional three nominations to all of the service academies, which the high school administrative and counseling staff will have available for their use.   Well done !!  

    At the board meeting last night, we honored several staff and community members who walk the talk of the district vision statement of Nurturing Growth, Inspiring Achievement, and Building Community. View all the 2015-16 NIB Awards on the district website.  This continues to be such an important recognition opportunity for so many staff, students and community volunteers.  Thank you and well done !!

    Last night at the School Board meeting, we celebrated Certificated Staff Appreciation Week.  Board President Greg Wall congratulated Mr. John Richardson, SKEA President, and Mr. Brian Carlson, SKAP President, on all their contributions to the amazing education experience our students participate in here in the South Kitsap School District.  We really appreciate the efforts of all of our certificated staff in the district and celebrate their contributions this week.  Thank you and well done !!

    Please note the following excerpt from Allan Golston, the President of the US Gates Program Foundation: “ Behind every single student who succeeds in this country is a teacher—and often several—whose selfless dedication, professionalism and passion make that success possible. That’s why we’re so pleased this year—and every year—to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Throughout this week and beyond, we’ll honor teachers who work, day after day, to build a bridge to opportunity for every student. We know and appreciate all those teachers who support their students both in and out of the classroom; teachers who expose their students to a world beyond their local community; and teachers who inspire their students to reach for the stars—and engineer rockets to get there.

    Teachers make an enormous difference for the better in students’ lives—and in our own. So join us this week as we honor and thank the great teachers in our lives, and around the world, who guide all our students on the path to success. Teachers work day in and day out to help their students make progress, and Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to honor and recognize the lasting contributions they make to our lives. For this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, we celebrate teachers who ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed. Join us, along with students and parents, to reflect on and thank the great teachers you’ve known.” We know we have much to be thankful for here in the South Kitsap School District.  Watch the video »

    At Manchester today, the third graders have set up compost bins in the staff room. Their study centered around Earth Day; What can they do to help the Earth? They have been talking and learning about conservation and being responsible citizens. Today they were working with the Kitsap County Department of Public Works and began to sort the school garbage from the lunchroom. They started with measuring the weight of the garbage and then calculated how much of it could have been recycled or composted.  This is an environmentally important project that integrates math, science and problem solving.  Well done !!

    Meanwhile, the Manchester sixth graders were busy working with PSNS and their outreach program to follow the scientific process and create underwater ROVs (remote operated vehicles). The volunteers from PSNS worked with the 5th and 6th graders to build their ROVs and tomorrow they all will take the challenge to see how well they perform in large outdoor swimming pools. This STEM project based learning is so engaging and frightfully creative ;>) !!  Well done !! 

    Mr. Randy Spritzer, Artistic Director for Cora Voce, and Ms. Laurie Spitzer along with the other members of the Cora Voce Choral have been instrumental in providing new equipment to help grow the South Kitsap music program.  They recently provided funds to purchase new choir risers for East Port Orchard Elementary and Sunnyslope Elementary. In addition to the new risers, the Sunnyslope Elementary “Star Choir” students performed with the Cora Voce ensemble in Tacoma this past weekend.  This event provided the young singers an opportunity to perform with a professional music organization in a formal evening concert to a full house. 

    A staff member recently forwarded this idea to me.  “I am not sure if you saw this but I thought it was so cool!  A senior walk to younger children to show them their future, what they are capable of and what the younger children get to look forward to.  I think this would be so cool to do in our district.”  I agree that this would be a great connecting event for seniors and young students.  Thoughts ??   

    BHSM Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of speech and language pathologists in providing life-altering treatment.  Given all the current technology children are using, it is also a great time to pause and contemplate the possible impact of tech v. talk.   For 2016, the theme is "Communication Takes Care."  This is such an important time for identifying and supporting hearing and communication disorders of all kinds.   In our district, our speech and language pathologists are reaching out to families to encourage realistic parameters around tech use while encouraging conversations and interaction; as well as, decreasing headphone volumes to half-level and not using headphones to drown-out background noise.  Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible and has widespread impacts.  Thank you for your efforts.  Well done !!

    Let’s wish all our students taking assessments this month the best.  It is a stressful time for sure.  We have students taking the SBAC, EOC, MSP, and AP exams.  This year alone, we have twenty two different AP courses with exams being taken in grades nine thru twelve.   I know with all the other myriad end of year activities and events, this is stressful for both students and staff.  Let’s be mindful of this and be willing to extend one another grace as we navigate these last few weeks of the school year.  For many, it will be the culmination of significant work and dedicated effort.  We wish all those testing the best. 

    A reminder that we are a Policy Governance district and as such review our performance regularly at Board meetings.  As a continuing part of my evaluation, the Board reviewed Executive Limitation 14 (EL 14) this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this Executive Limitation or my certification of same.  

    Finally, I trust that each of you will have a wonderful rest of the week and joyful week-end.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who this holiday honors. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  —e. e. cummings (1894-1962); Poet, Playwright, Painter, Essayist  

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 4/29/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    I hope you are enjoying another fun filled spring week.  It is so amazing that we are on the threshold of a new month again.  May is such a month of abundance.  As I write this memo, we are still awaiting the final bond results.  Again, it is a nail biter with over 59% of the voters supporting the bond.  Once the bond results are final, we will have many decisions to make.  What we do know today, is that regardless of the outcome of the bond election, we remain unswervingly and resolutely committed to the grade reconfiguration plans laid out last year.  These plans support teaching and learning and the continued student enrollment growth.  Regardless of the bond vote outcome, we will continue the excellent work going on across this great district and innovative progress will resiliently flourish.    

    The South Kitsap Athletic Medicine team placed 9th out of 38 schools this past weekend at the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine (WCTSMA) Competition and Symposium held in the Tri-Cities. The top scores for South Kitsap were: Walter Ross placing 28th and Shaymus Shaw placing 30th out of 207 students in the Sports Medicine category; Nate Anderson placed 16th out of 80 students in Anatomy & Physiology; Monica Ohman placed 28th out of 74 in Exercise Physiology; Rianna Pangelinan placed 22 out of 77 students in Medical Terminology; Deion Anderson placing 42nd out of 80 students in CPR; and Kendell Clauson placed 28th out of 131 students in the JV competition.  Kendell Clauson and Mattie Werder competed in the JV Quiz bowl and made it to the semi-finals, where they just missed out making it to the finals. Shaymus Shaw competed in the Ankle Speed Taping contest where he finished in the Top 20 out of 100 students.  Mr. Hiatt, the WCTSMA State Officer Director, helped run a lot of the competition and was named the “Gary Hirst Instructor of the Year for 2016”.  Lastly, the students and advisors toured the Central Washington University Campus on Thursday as part of the Athletic Medicine College Tour that was started last year.  Students attending were: Shaymus Shaw, Walter Ross, Lindsay Vallejo, Kelsey Lantrip, Alison Pieze, Monica Ohman, Makayla Ramirez, Nate Anderson, James Luke, Rianna Pangelinan, Deion Anderson, Monica Vo Nguyen, Kendell Clauson, and Mattie Werder. Advisors attending were Freda Evans, Jeff Spaulding, and Chris Hiatt.  Please congratulate these students and staff on a great competition after putting in many hours of studying after practices since January.  What a great program we continue to build…  Well done !! 

    Anya Fogel, a 9th grade student at Marcus Whitman Junior High, is headed to National History Day in Washington D.C. Eighteen South Kitsap students from all three junior high schools joined hundreds of students from all over Washington to participate in the State level competition at Green River College on Saturday, April 23. These eighteen students presented and placed during the Regional contest in March at Olympic College. Anya placed second for her Senior Individual Documentary, “The Birth Control Pill: Scientific Exploration and the Exchange of Ideals”. Kaitlyn Wright from John Sedgwick placed 3rd for her historical essay “Coming Out of the Bubble: The Treaty of Kanagawa, the Harris Treaty, and their Effects on Japan” and is a runner up for heading to nationals.  With the guidance of her Quest teacher, Mr. Tom O’Loughlin, Anya placed third her previous two years at the state competition, but she never gave up and this year, she did it! The National contest is June 12-16 in Washington D.C. There is a fundraiser planned to help Anya head to the National Contest at Blu-Berry Frozen Yogurt on Olney Rd, Monday, May 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    This past weekend, the Chamber Choir and Women's Ensemble performed at the Columbia Basin College Festival in Pasco. This is a great festival that attracts schools from all over the region. The Women's Ensemble, in their first year as an audition group, scored a Superior Rating and the Chamber Choir won their division! Dylan Macabitas received an Outstanding Musician Award!  The Highlighters and Women's Ensemble (now called The X-Chromatics) performed a jazz set on Saturday. The Highlighters received a Superior Rating but did not place and The X-Chromatics took 2nd Place!  They are in the midst of preparing a musical theater cabaret style show for the late spring. The kids are producing this show and doing most of the choreography and costuming. Two nights of rehearsals and two shows are coming!!  They do an incredible job in so many genres and come away from the program ready for collegiate level music. Many of the students, while not even considering music as a major, take the lessons they have learned here and do very well in various areas of post-secondary education. Students learn perseverance, teamwork, musicianship, leadership and how to be in front of people. They know how to emote, how to take criticism and have a multi-cultural world view. They have experienced history and world language in their music and understand the value of the past as well as creating for the future.  These are great lessons and wonderful preparation for life.

    A small group of Chamber Choir students will be performing at the State Ensemble Contest at Central Washington University this Friday. The Chamber Choir's mixed ensemble has participated at State every year that they have competed (17 of the last 18 years) at the regional festival. Only the top 16 ensembles in the state are selected for this honor and that is across every division of school size!  Also, tomorrow morning, the trombone trio and percussion ensemble will be traveling to Central Washington University to compete at State Solo and Ensemble.  The trombone trio will be defending their state win from last year and the percussion ensemble is hoping to be the first large group ensemble from South Kitsap to win state.  GO WOLVES! 

    Hidden Creek recently produced a couple of quick videos of 3rd grade IB in action! Their Unit of Inquiry is based on the 3rd grade science standards, their Central Idea is “Scientific advancements impact values, beliefs and attitudes of people” and their Line of Inquiry is “Early inventions that became machines”. In this video you will see the student’s Rube Goldberg machine  Video 1 and Video 2 .  Ms. Crisp and Ms. Clawson observed that student engagement and understanding is incredible in this unit. Staff were especially happy to see our ELL students digging deep into scientific vocabulary and taking risks with their learning.  Well done !!

    Ms. Lisa Wickens, teacher at Olalla Elementary, recently launched stage one of a non-profit community service organization called POP, Positive Olalla Projects, in the Olalla community. POP is a positive and progressive thinking community service group based in Olalla, Washington, The goal of this group is to encourage, celebrate, and support the people in our community through local service projects, events, and activities. The non-profit is in the very early stages, but more than 50 people attended the first town meeting. New Olalla Principal Ted Macomber has been very instrumental in getting many initial projects started simply by allowing me to follow my dream of bringing community service projects into the school. For information on POP or how to get involved, contact Lisa Wickens at wickens@skitsap.wednet.edu

    In an interesting article focused on the importance of visual mathematics, Stanford Report Touts Benefits of Visual Element to Math Education the research points to the need to incorporate visual components at all math levels, not simply entry level math coursework.  It is definitely worth a read. 

    On Monday, May 2, Representative Caldier will be at Cedar Heights as part of the Pathfinder Speaker series. One morning a month, a highly successful/influential individual is invited to visit the school and speak to a group of 70-100 students for approximately 15-20 minutes with additional time for questions. The speakers have an opportunity to share what they do, their own history, and what it took to get to where they are now.  The goal is help students to set their goals and dreams past high school by providing them opportunities to listen to and interact with real people who have journeyed through school just like them and found a path to achievement, success, and being a contributing asset to society.  We thank those community members who give of their time to support this work. 

    In closing, I love this quote and simply had to share it with you…“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.”—Sir William Osler (1849-1919); Canadian Physician, Founding Professor At Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Simple yet powerful practice that changes the world…

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 4/22/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    It has been another incredible weather week, and for that I am extremely grateful.  As this beautiful spring week winds down and we reach the end of this bond campaign election, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”  —Helen Keller (1880-1968)

    In an update on the district wildlife challenges, I want to share that our beaver population has been humanely relocated to a wilderness area.  In a recent report, it has been noted that “Do good and good things will come back to you…”  I think this is a fitting thought worthy of inspired replication.  I love this energy and idea. 

    I do want to share that the district-wide grade level reconfiguration is moving forward on schedule.  Mr. Jay Villars and Ms. Anita Chandler briefed Cabinet this past Monday on the recently written reports and committee plans for this work.  Various Cabinet members who have responsibilities for different facets of the transition process discussed timeline(s) and operational plans; e.g., moving of staff and materials, technology, room set-up, etc.  We will be distributing a detailed timeline in the coming weeks for all these activities.  If you have any input or feedback on this process, please contact Jay villars@skitsap.wednet.edu or Anita at their respective e-mail address chandler@skitsap.wednet.edu so that your thoughts, ideas and concerns can be incorporated into the planning timeline documents.  We know that prior planning will prevent poor performance and we want to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible for all concerned.  Thank you. 

    We have amazing young men in our high school athletic program.  Last weekend, our baseball team played at Cheney Stadium and celebrated much more than baseball.  There are so many lessons our young people learn rather in the classroom or on the competition field.  Attitude reflects leadership and we are so fortunate to have the many coaches who spend countless hours teaching and supporting students outside the school day in a variety of sports and activities.  Thank you and well done !! 

    As the spring continues, the first of several administrative announcements is upon us.  It is my pleasure to announce that the new Olalla Principal will be Mr. Ted Macomber.  Ted began with South Kitsap School District as the Dean of Students at Cedar Heights Junior High School in the fall of 2014.  In this role, Ted was involved with ASB, School-Wide Student Culture (assemblies, student recognition systems), Building Leadership Team, and Special Education services.  In January 2016, Ted began as the Olalla Elementary Interim Principal.  He began his career in education as an elementary teacher at Valhalla Elementary School in Auburn, Washington in September 1999.  In September 2001, Ted transferred to a middle school teaching position with Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way, Washington.  While there he participated in a variety of activities, including Athletic Director, Chess Club Advisor, Building Webmaster and building-wide technology support specialist.  Ted then accepted an in-district promotion as the Academic Intervention Specialist (AIMS) at Totem Middle School in Kent, Washington in December 2006 and served in this role until June 2007.  Later, Ted taught at the intermediate elementary level and also served as the Assistant Principal for the Northwest School of Innovative Learning in Tacoma, Washington.  Ted received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in 1998 from the University of Washington – Tacoma.  He then earned his Master’s in Education and his Washington State Teaching Certificate from City University – Tacoma in 1999.  Ted obtained his Washington State Residency Administrator’s Certificate with Principal endorsement from City University – Fife in 2007.  Please congratulate Mr. Ted Macomber when you have occasion to see him. 

    Masonic Educator Awards

    Congratulations to the outstanding educators who were nominated and recognized as Masonic Teachers for 2015-2016. Lisa Wickens from Olalla Elementary was honored with the Masonic Teacher of the Year. Thank you all for your service and dedication to the students of South Kitsap School District.

    South Kitsap High School

    Noelle Mecl

    April Emerson

    Susie Nass

    Cedar Heights Junior High

    Kirsten Toth

    John Sedgwick Junior High

    Arnie Otterbeck

    Marcus Whitman

    Wayne Anderson

    Burley Glenwood

    Robert Thomsen

    East Port Orchard

    Heather Wilson

    Hidden Creek

    Theresa Johnson


    Erin Williams

    Mullenix Ridge

    Leann Georgeson


    Lisa Wickens*

    Orchard Heights

    Jackie Hall

    Eryn Carpenter

    South Colby

    Courtney Vetter

    Sidney Glen

    Sydney Oliver


    Amanda Paulin


    Barbara LaFerriere

    Ever want to take your whole school to the Pacific Science Center, but thought the cost would be too high? Well, on April 14th the Science Center came to South Colby. As part of the Pacific Science Center’s “Science on Wheels” program, South Colby was able to provide a fun learning opportunity in Engineering for all students. The day began with an all school assembly followed by classroom workshops, and a full science exhibit for kids to explore. Trained scientist from Pacific Science Center worked in the building all day giving South Colby students and teachers a hands on learning experience. It was an amazing STEM filled day!

    We have the announced Winter Sports Season – Scholar Athlete Award Winners,  which are the student athletes with the highest GPA during their season:

    Girls Basketball      Savannah Foster (4.0), Morgan Spangler (4.0)

    Boys Basketball     Eric Wattree (3.68)

    Wrestling              Kevin Morrison (4.0), Isaac Santos (4.0)

    Boys Swimming     Matthew Martin (4.0)

    Bowling                Libby Morey (3.5)

    Equestrian            Carley Stratton (3.6)

    Dance                  Madeline Hickle (4.0)

    Special Award: Senior Isaac Santos was named the Narrows League Scholar Athlete for the 2016 winter season by the principals of the schools in the Narrows League.

    As I was  reviewing the details for a recent speaking engagement, I came across this article regarding school construction and the physical condition of our schools in this country.  I thought the article timely…Report finds massive under-investment in nation's school buildings from The Washington Post.  

    Students from the High School, Discovery and the junior high schools joined 16,000 students from around the state at Key Arena to celebrate the community service projects they have done this year at Key Arena for WE day.   Builders of Unity, Key Club and Interact clubs joined together and had a global community service that was a drive for refuges for blankets in their “blanket for refugees” project and then tied this for their local project by collecting blankets for homeless students and donated them to Coffee Oasis.  Builders of Unity also received  $250 grant from WE day group for their upcoming dinner for homeless youth—a spaghetti dinner that they will serve to our homeless youth.  It is so impressive that the Key Arena was packed with 15,000 service volunteers and every single one of them is 18 and under!

    WE Day  

    The #THEYSAY project is a nationwide digital collage which encourages youth to say something good about themselves. The project is meant to empower youth to move past the words of critics, “They say I’m lazy…” or “They say we’re the entitled generation…” and instead tell their real story such as, “I’m making sure no one leaves school hungry, no matter what #theysay!”.  As a side note, Ellana Callahan (above with Mrs. Zawlocki) is a student at SKHS and a Key Club member. Ellana is willing to serve her community in any capacity including (but not limited to) helping with child care for Ready! for Kindergarten program, community clean-up events, volunteering for Kitsap Foster Care Association’s Ghost Train fundraiser, and our local & global blanket drives. 

    George Takei  

    Mr. George Takei told his story of being placed in a US internment camp during WWII simply because of his family’s Japanese ancestry. The government seized their home and business – they were left with nothing. Upon release, each family was given a one-way ticket to any place in the country and $20. He expressed how angry and betrayed he felt by the hands of his county. His father told him the idea of the United States democracy is right, but the democracy is only as good as the people running it. He then made George volunteer for a political campaign. George said his father taught him that if you want to see good in the world, you must be willing to go out there and make it happen yourself.  Still a true concept today…

    South Kitsap School District honored two hard working women who have devoted countless hours to the 2016 bond campaign at the Annual WASA Region 14 Awards. Thank you and congratulations to South Kitsap School Supporter Bond Co-Chairs Ms. Erica Juntunen and Ms. Tiffany Wilhelm.  

    Thank you to those of you who came out to the Threat Assessment Community Forum. Thank you also to Lt. Dave Okada from the Salem Police Department, Port Orchard Police Chief Marti, Port Orchard Police Officer Dave Humphrey, Kitsap County Sherriff Deputy Bernie Brown for speaking at the event. It is so important for our community to work together in a deliberate, methodical process to prevent acts of violence before they occur.  Also, a big thanks to all of those who are serving on the District Threat Assessment Task Force. 

    These are the final days of our Bond campaign. Please do not hesitate to contact me at bond2016@skitsap.wednet.edu with any questions or concerns you have over the bond to build a second high school and upgrade safety and technology at South Kitsap High. Kitsap County has added two additional ballot drop locations: at the Fircrest Fire Station at 1794 Fircrest Drive SE and the Glenwood Fire Station at 7990 McCormick Woods Drive SW. Return your ballot as soon as possible but no later than April 26.


    Enjoy another beautiful week-end.

    Warmest regards,  

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 4/15/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What a fantastic week we are having.  I am so relieved to be over the wind and torrential rain !!  Well, on to the great news from all parts of this amazing district. 

    Over Spring Break the SKHS Chamber Choir and Advanced Women's Ensemble traveled to New York to perform at Queens College and Carnegie Hall. The adjudicated performance at Queens College by nationally renowned directors netted the Chamber Choir a Superior rating. The choirs participated in a Broadway choreography workshop, had multiple vocal workshops and visited many different historical and arts related sites. The performance at Carnegie Hall featured 11 choirs from around the country in spotlight and mass choir settings culminating with a world premiere performance of Z. Randall Stroope's, Dance For Love.  Well done !!

    Our second year South Kitsap Equestrian Team is proud to announce that they medaled at the district level and will be competing at the WAHSET State Meet in May 2016!!  Equestrian Head Coach Geri Hildebrand observed, “I am very pleased with our season and cannot wait to grow our team for next year! These amazing Athletes are dedicated to their sport and their hard work has paid off. I am proud to have been a part of their journey to success!”  The District Placings... Showmanship

    1st Alternate Shawna Hettick; Dressage Gold medal Winner - Carley Stratton, Bronze Medal winner- Abigail Saar, and Alternate - Shawna Hettick; Working Rancher

    1st alternate - Rabekah Raub; Working pairs 1st Alternate - Carley Stratton, Shawna Hettick; In Hand Obstacle Relay Bronze Medal Winners,Team A- Kalli Daviscourt, Carley Stratton, Shawna Hettick,Ashlee Thomas; and Key Hole State Qualifier - Brenna McIntyre. 

    The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is for low and middle income students from Washington state that are pursuing a high demand STEM bachelor degree.

    The scholarship is worth up to $22,500 (over five years) and there are anticipated to be 1450 scholarships awarded statewide in 2016 to high school seniors and college freshman and sophomores.  These scholarships may be used at 67 colleges or universities in Washington state. Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor degree in a high demand STEM field; there are over 150 eligible majors that qualify for the scholarship. Mr. Dave Reichel, and Ms. Sandy Elton deserve a huge congratulations as they are the driving force behind this data and did a large amount of the prep work.  We’re excited to see how many of these close to ninety South Kitsap students get this scholarship.  Again, this is a testament to all those teachers (K-12) and innumerable support staff (K-12) who have taught and supported these students over the years and our great CTE Program.  This is hope in action and the high expectations for our high support.  Well done !! 

    The Family and Consumer Sciences department have some exciting news to share!  Nine South Kitsap students from our student leadership organization, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, recently attended the State Conference in Wenatchee along with 70 other schools throughout the state. Students attended leadership training sessions and key note speakers as well as competing.  Six of the nine competed at State and earned Gold in their respective categories: April Zangari in Early Childhood Education Senior Category; Cassie Peeler and Rianna Pangelinan in Illustrated Talk Occupational Category; Hannah Petersen and Austin Gese in Illustrated Talk Senior Category; and Nate Anderson in Sports Nutrition Senior Category,  Well done !!  Hannah Petersen and Austin Gese (see attached photo) also ran and were elected as State Officers for the 2016-2017 school year. We are super proud of all of them!

    Congratulations to our South Kitsap senior scholar-athletes who recently signed their letters of intent to continue to participate in sports at the collegiate level.  For Track & Cross Country: Albert McArthur – Utah Valley University, UT. NCAA Div. 1; Nate Anderson – Whitworth University, WA. NCAA Div. 3; Isaac Santos - Whitworth University, WA. NCAA Div. 3. For Soccer: Sarah Parkinson - Corbin University, OR. NAIA (not pictured). For Basketball: Eric Wattree – Eastern Washington University, WA. NCAA Div. 1. For Baseball: Hunter Riley – University of Puget Sound, WA. NCAA Div. 3; Jack Shaffer – Olympic College. Community College; Dan Tomkiewicz – Olympic College. Community College; Alec Johnson - Olympic College. Community College (not pictured).  Go Wolves!! 

    South Colby had three students who entered the State Science Fair in Bremerton on April 1.  The three boys were Bryce Richmond (6th grade), Aidan Haro (5th grade) and Matthew Hickle (4th grade).  All three young men placed - Bryce and Aidan received  3rd place in their respective grades, and Matthew received 2nd.  Aidan Haro was also awarded a Special Medicine and Health Award.  Well done !!

    This week, Manchester first grade students are on their way to Africa in a manner of speaking. They will spend the next month or so reading, writing, and researching about Africa. The teachers, Ms. Deanna Buzzell and Ms. Michele Noble, are incredibly creative and really make the research and trip fun and engaging for students.

    Part of the simulation includes identifying and preparing their passports and boarding passes for travel, going through security at the airport, on the plane, and then meeting the Queen in England during their layover (lunch/recess), all before landing in Africa. There are many parents that have been involved and it is a fun unit of study.  Later they will go on a safari and look for animals they've learned about.  I look forward to going on a safari with them in the near future.  Well done !!

    Cedar Heights Junior High was recognized last night as a Center for Educational Effectiveness 2015 School of Distinction. The annual program recognizes schools that have made the biggest improvement in reading and mathematics during a five-year period. This award is given to the top five percent of schools in each level – elementary, middle, and high school – that, as a result of improving their students’ skills, have more students achieving at higher levels on the Measures of Student Progress (3rd - 8th grade), the High School Proficiency Exam in Reading and the End of Course Exam in mathematics (10th grade). This distinction is sponsored by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Washington State School Directors’ Association. A complete list of all Schools of Distinction can be found on the CEE website at www.effectiveness.org.  Well done !! 

    Several individuals were recognized with NIB awards at the board meeting last night for walking the talk of the district’s vision statement of nurturing growth, inspiring achievement, and building community. View the photo gallery of all the NIB winners for this school year.  Thank you and Well done !!

    Please join me at the District and Community Threat Assessment Safety Forum at 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 20 at South Kitsap High School. Threat assessment is the collaborative community effort to identify individuals who pose a risk of violent behavior and offer resources to intervene and prevent acts of violence.  Many members of our district staff have worked hard in preparation for this preventive program work for the coming year.  Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there.    

    I wanted to share a photo of the Mullenix Ridge entry this week as we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week.  We appreciate our volunteers!  In other great student news, Kiwanis of Port Orchard honored students of the month. The students are nominated by teachers and other school staff and are recognized at a luncheon with their families.  Congratulations to Alec Matala and Whitney Bolar from South Kitsap High School and Emily Riehl from John Sedgwick Junior High for being honored as Students of the Month by the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard. We are thrilled to have both these amazing students and community partnerships.  Well done !! 

    I wanted to take a moment to personally invite you to the ‘Tribute To Our Troops’ baseball game between South Kitsap High School and Gig Harbor High School at Cheney Stadium on Saturday April 16th.  The Elton Goodwin Memorial Foundation has worked with members of the GH Booster Club to provide special edition camo-print uniforms for all 48 players and coaches from each school; and to honor our local fallen heroes, each of these jerseys will bear the Name & Rank of a Troop from the Kitsap and Key Peninsulas who gave their life during Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Vietnam, or the Korean War.  We will also have some families of these fallen Troops at the game, and a few players from each school will have the distinction of representing a Troop whose family is in attendance.  Following the game, and the MVP Awards, a short ceremony will take place whereby those players present their jerseys to those families who are in attendance.  As our guests of honor, these families will be seated in the ‘Dugout Club’ directly behind home plate along with Representative Jesse Young, his staff, and other State and Military Officials WA State Representative Jesse Young will be delivering the pre-game keynote address; and this will be followed by a presentation of the Colors by the South Kitsap NJROTC, and the National Anthem by the SK Choir.  This if the first year of what we, and the Tacoma Rainiers hope to make an annual event, and we could not be more excited about having our neighboring Gig Harbor Tides as our inaugural partner.  Please come out and support this inaugural event.  Go Wolves !!

    Our Spanish speaking families are invited to an informational event this Sunday, April 17, at 1:00 pm at the SKSD administration building.  There will be refreshments, prizes, and activities for kids!  I will be present and will share information and answer questions about school programs and facilities.  Ms. Martitha May, from the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, will also be present to share information and answer questions.  Please share this information with your families. 

    As this spring moves forward, I am reminded of one of my favorite spring quotes, “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I might have. ”   —Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th U.S. President

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 4/1/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What an amazing wind and storm free week !!  A big thank you to all of you supporting and engaging in parent conferences this week.  I know the level of preparation it takes to support a robust parent conference and have heard from many parents how grateful they are to have this opportunity to be updated on their child’s progress.  This feedback is a critical characteristic of our parent school partnership that supports academic and social success for each of our children – no exceptions. 

    I love the ingenuity of the Romanian Soccer Team Romanian Soccer Team Replaces Jersey Numbers With Math Problems as they do their part to support mathematical reasoning for children in Romania.  What an interesting idea.  During games however, the jerseys are swapped out for ones with just the answers – easier for the referees ???  Hmmmmm. 

    On behalf of the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals (AWMLP), I wish to extend sincere congratulations to Dr. Andrew Cain on his receipt of the 2015-2016 Principal of the Year for Olympic ESD. The contributions Andrew has made to Cedar Heights, the students and our community are noteworthy and deserving of recognition. The responsibilities of principals are many and significant but too often go unrecognized.  To recognize this honor, as a Principal of the Year for Olympic ESD,  Andrew and the other regional honorees from around the State will be specially recognized at the AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, June 26-28, 2016 at the Spokane Convention Center.  They will be presented with awards honoring their contributions to education as middle level principals.  Well Done !!

    The SKHS Lady Wolves placed 2nd in Dance out of 21 dance teams who made it to the WIAA 4A State Championships. They also placed 5th in Hip Hop, which is the highest placing ever for SK since they started placings in 2001. Special congratulations to senior Tamara Medal who made it into the top 15 in Drill Down, and Michelle Dean for being awarded the Kaitlyn Rebstock Memorial Scholarship. Great job on a fantastic season Ladies!

    One of my colleagues at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Executive Director Dr. Bill Keim, recently authored a blog that I think deserves a careful read.  His new blog article entitled, “What Will Washington Become” can be accessed at http://billsblog-wasa.weebly.com/blog-entries/what-will-washington-become .  The blog reviews disturbing data points about our State and its support for education.  A very provocative read…. 

    A big thank you to all those in the district who planned, taught or attended the professional development classes this past week.  These efforts in a variety of educational topic areas are so important to share with one another and helps to keep us attuned to contemporary research and methods.  Well done. 

    You can't make this up. We recently received a complaint from the owner of the storage yard next to the high school that beaver(s) were cutting down trees on our property and falling them into his property. As you'll notice from the embedded photos, they have been pretty busy building their dam. We're in contact with Fish & Wildlife who are working with us for a humane live trapping and relocation project.... 

    Come watch our South Kitsap team of teachers, principals, support staff and community members face the Harlem Wizards basketball team early next month.  The proceeds benefit the South Kitsap PTSA Council.  The Harlem Wizards are coming to Port Orchard on Thursday, April 14th at South Kitsap High School. Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the game starting at 6:30 pm. Please join the South Kitsap PTSA Council and help make this the event of the year for our school and community. You and your family will have a great time attending the Harlem Wizards Slamtastic Tour event. You will also be helping us raise money for the South Kitsap PTSA Council. Tickets are on sale at www.harlemwizards.com  Go SK Team !! 

    It has been another good week for SKHS sports!  In the world of track and field, we hosted our first track meet on our turf field and resurfaced track.  The meet went very well and the facility received rave reviews from the coaches and athletes.  The SK boys defeated Stadium 108-37 and the Lady Wolves won by a score of 105-27.  Last Saturday, our girls’ lacrosse team won their first game in program history, with an 8-3 victory over Spanaway Lake High School.  The boys lacrosse team is on a two game win streak, after a come from behind victory last night at Kitsap Bank Stadium.  The boys were down 2-0 early in the first quarter, took a 4-2 into halftime, but then exploded for 7 unanswered goals in the 3rd quarter on route to a 14-4 victory over Port Angeles.  Alex Scott lead the Wolves with 6 goals and 5 assists.  Girls tennis defeated Wilson 3-2 in a close match yesterday on the SK courts.  Fastpitch pounded out an 11-1 victory over Stadium at SK.  Baseball defeated Olympia 6-2 yesterday down in Olympia.  Fastpitch, baseball, boys’ soccer, girls’ water polo, and girls’ tennis are all competing at away sites for the rest of the week as we roll into spring break.  Thank goodness the weather has lightened up.  Go Wolves !! 

    We had our Community Forum for Bond Facts last night at the high school.  We reviewed a PowerPoint presentation and engaged in significant dialog with those community members who attended.  During the past weeks, our intrepid video and film production crew worked tirelessly with me to produce a video that illustrates a fact based overview for the bond – a big thanks to them for their dedication and work.  Please take a moment to watch our South Kitsap Bond video and share with your friends.  

    Spots are filling up for the 2016-17 first grade Spanish Immersion program at Burley Glenwood Elementary.  The students in this year’s Spanish Immersion program will move on to the second grade Spanish Immersion program.  As our elementary enrollment continues to climb, it is more important than last year to get registration forms in soon to secure a place in the program for the upcoming year as there are limited student spots.  The following link from the Spanish Immersion Program by Minnetonka Public Schools  provides an informative look into what an immersion program entails and how one district in the country has captured the experience.  Central to the South Kitsap Spanish Immersion Program is the knowledge that we are preparing our students for a vastly different future and world than in the past and even the present. Creative, inquisitive and innovative thinking integrated with collaborative, communicative, compassionate and global minded attributes are the components of successful citizenship in the 21st Century. 

    I trust each of you will be enjoying a well-earned Spring Break this coming week, and if you are working, please know we appreciate the work you are doing to support our great district.  It is so important to stop and be still at times in our lives - the capacity to note the changing of the seasons, the joy of sharing time with family and friends, and the small moments that we miss in the otherwise crowded and noisy culture we live and work in.  And what a gift that March is going out like a lamb….


    Go Lambs,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 3/25/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap, 

    I trust this note finds you enjoying a glorious March spring week.  At least the weather has been a bit less turbulent !!  Again, the world seems to be in turmoil with the tragedy in Brussels.  It is important to note that even in these times of darkness, there continue to be innumerable acts of compassion, kindness and generosity.  These stories amidst the backdrop of terror affirm the strength and basic decency of the human spirit.  We can draw strength from the light shown by so many…

    On March 21, 2016, Quest students from all three South Kitsap School District Junior High Schools competed in the Regional History Day Contest at Olympic College. They competed with students from schools from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. Eighteen students were selected to move up and participate in the State History Day Contest on April 23 at Green River Community College. The History Day theme this year is “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.”  Well done !!

    It is bittersweet to report that our Olalla Elementary School Principal, Ms. Charlotte Flynn, has announced her retirement.  Ms. Flynn began her career with South Kitsap School District in the Fall of 1989 as a part-time Title teacher with Olalla Elementary.  Charlotte then transferred to Mullenix Ridge Elementary and was there from September 1990 – June 2008 and taught in a full-time teaching capacity, grades two through sixth.  During this time, Charlotte earned her National Board Certification and mentored several cohorts of teachers working on their Washington State Professional Certification.  She then transferred to East Port Orchard Elementary in September 2008 and worked collaboratively with the staff as Head Teacher and Instructional Specialist while preparing for her administration certification, which she received in June 2010 from the University of Washington – Tacoma.   Charlotte earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with Honors from the University of Texas in 1973 and her Master’s in Education from the University of Oregon in June 1979.  After Charlotte received her Principal Certificate, she served as the Sidney Glen Elementary Assistant Principal from August 2010 through June 2013.  She then became the Principal of Olalla Elementary in July 2013 and is completing her third year in this role.  While at Olalla, she and her staff have focused on building community and have actively worked to achieve outstanding learning gains for all students and have implemented Project Lead the Way as they move deeply into STEM instruction and philosophy.  Even with her current medical challenges, Charlotte is demonstrating the best of the human spirit, and continues to be full of light, grace and joy and a source of strength and inspiration to all those who know her.  We will be posting the position and working to hire a principal for the future in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your years of dedicated service Charlotte, and all the best !! 

    In other retirement news, Ms. Judy Ecklund, our outstanding and long-time Food and Nutrition Services Central Kitchen Cook and Baker, is retiring after 30 years with the District.  There is little of greater importance to our students and staff than healthy and tasty food.  Judy has been part of the team that has prepared the food in our district for thousands of students and staff over her three decade career.  It takes each of our contributions to make South Kitsap the great school district that it is.  Thank you for your years of dedicated service Judy, and all the best !! 

    “Gallup data reveal a strong relationship between states' economic conditions and residents' perceptions that their public education systems are providing high-quality education that will prepare students for workplace success. Public education systems require strong financial support at the state and local level, and challenging economic conditions can make it more difficult to provide the funding required for schools to deliver a high-quality education. Additionally, students living in states with higher unemployment rates may face different challenges in finding a good job.”   This link  Gallup: State-by-state poll on how positive residents are about schools has interesting and provocative data ripe for discussion.  “Nationally, leaders continuously suggest programmatic changes to improve the quality of education in the U.S. Gallup data suggest that Americans believe a key component of a high-quality education is providing students with skills that can easily transfer to the workplace.”   Interestingly, 89% of North Dakota residents rate schools as excellent or good, while Nevada and New Mexico residents are the least positive about their schools.

    Registration is open for the spring sessions of Ready! for Kindergarten. This program is so valuable to the wee ones in our community and offers important resources to parents. Parents are the first and most important teachers for our students and Ready! helps to ensure that our students are getting a strong start to their education.

    Despite the challenging weather conditions we have had some brave athletes battle the elements this past week.  Track and Field had their first meet of the year. The Varsity men’s team beat Bellarmine Prep 75 – 55 and the Varsity women’s team were narrowly beaten 67-69.  Our first, and only, home track meet is this Tuesday, March 29th Kitsap Bank Stadium at 3:30pm.  Men’s and Ladies golf all managed to get in a couple of rounds on flooded greens and are scoring well.  Men’s Soccer, Ladies Water polo, even Tennis, Fastpitch and Baseball have all played at least one or two matches.  The coaches and players are adapting well to competing in scuba gear;>)   We eagerly anticipate the home opener for Varsity Baseball, with a little sunshine and minimal wind in the forecast, our hopes are high! 

    The South Kitsap men’s and ladies Lacrosse teams both made SK Athletics history with their debut matches this past week.  On Sunday, the ladies fought bravely in a two game tournament hosted by WA High school Lacrosse Association at Marymoor Park.  According to coach Greg Pickard, “the team is getting better each game, it will just take time and experience to clean up the fundamentals and we will be a great team!”   Coach Julius Ifurung said of the boys team, “it’s a great learning opportunity, we have 24 first year players on the roster who have never played before”  The boys team were certainly dressed for the occasion, attending school in shirts and ties the day before their home opener www.skitsap.wednet.edu/skboyslacrosse .  Go Wolves !!

    Bethany La Deaux, niece of our very own Lee and Emma LaDeaux, is an 11 year old fifth grader in Ms. Vetter’s class at South Colby Elementary. Bethany has written her first 133 page book titled Unspoken. Her novel is published and can be purchased on Amazon for $4.99 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=unspoken+bethany+la+deaux   Look for it on the New York Times best seller list soon!  Well done. 

    The South Kitsap Dance team competed at the Nationals Competition in Anaheim, CA over the weekend and brought home some new trophies for their showcase, placing 3rd in Dance, 3rd in Kick & 8th in a very competitive Hip Hop category. Congratulations to Kayla Bozinski & Tamara Medal for making the Top 15 in Drill Down out of hundreds of dancers! The Dance team heads over to the Yakima Sun Dome today to compete in the WA State Championships. Go Wolves !!

    Please join us for a community informational event about the April 26 bond. The community informational night event will be next week on Wednesday, March 30, at 6:00 pm at the high school in the theatre. Members of the school board and I will be on hand to answer your questions about our bond to build a second high school.

    Recently, I have been out in schools for my spring round of Breakfast Club meetings with students.  This is so enlightening as the students often have intriguing observations, insights and ideas.  During my recent visit to Orchard Heights, I had occasion to visit with students in Ms. Susan Hinckley-Porter’s class.  We discussed the topic of the upcoming middle and high school grade configuration moves.  They had some great observations and ideas which we will review and integrate into our plans.  I really appreciate the opportunity to hear from students and am always impressed with their engagement, candor and optimism.  Thank you.

    “While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in front of us. Through forming partnerships with community makerspaces or building a school makerspace, educators and decision makers everywhere have the rare chance to help bring this truly all-inclusive learning experience into their schools, districts, and communities in order to help all students. Here are four ways that the "new industrial revolution" will help your students succeed and help breathe life back into your craft.”  Edutopia: Makerspaces lead to school and community successes  This is a movement that is catching on all over the country.  Here in South Kitsap, we are blessed to have a team of innovative entrepreneurs right here in our high school.  More to come on these staff members who are thinking out of the box about teaching and learning…

    As we recently lost author, Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird) I thought it appropriate to be reminded of one of her favorite sayings; “As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, ‘I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”  —Harper Lee (1926-2016) 

    As we approach the holiday week-end, I wish for each of you a peace filled and joyful week-end. 

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 3/18/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day !!  As I was in several schools today, it was clear that there was a great deal of green spirit out there.  One of the more noteworthy was Mr. Joe Riley, Principal at South Colby, with a strong Irish fashion statement today ;>)  Two of our Transportation Department members, Mr. Larry Durfee and Karen, were noticed sporting the green last night at the Board meeting.  I hope that you have found the time to catch the sunrise this morning and will in the coming days.  It is so special during this time of the year as we move from the seasons of darkness to the seasons of more light.  March is such a month of contradictions.

    In keeping with the holiday today, I was reminded of the Irish quote; “"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs." — Sir John Pentland Mahaffy.  This quote seems particularly timely these past few weeks.  I want to take a moment and share some thoughts regarding the recent weather issues and power outages.  I want to begin by apologizing for the conditions we have on several days found ourselves in.  While everyone has worked beyond hard to make sure we are safe and as comfortable as possible, it has still been a real challenge for staff in various schools over the last couple of weeks and I recognize these conditions are not optimal for learning.  I want you to know that on the mornings of these challenging days, I am up at 4:00 am and on the phone with our Facilities and Transportation Directors shortly thereafter.  They in turn are on the phone with PSE, our school custodial staff and facilities staff, as well as the County road crews (when they haven’t been driving the roads personally).  We get the best information possible from these sources as to the restoration time for power, road conditions, etc.  If the word is that power cannot be restored within a reasonable time, then I will make the decision to close that school for the day as we did this fall in several instances.  If the PSE information is that the power can be restored fairly quickly, then we are deploying emergency facility equipment to sites for support until the power comes up.  On the recent Monday of this week, after careful consultation with the aforementioned staff, I chose to have the district have a two hour late start for several reasons.  First and foremost, it was the first school day with daylight savings time and so the morning commute was darker than it had been in a while and we were notified that there was significant debris on the roads.  Given that the first school to start is the high school, I did not want students or staff driving on debris strewn roads in the dark.  Further, PSE indicated that with a two hour late start we would have the schools without power ‘re-energized by late start times’.  Unfortunately, at one of the schools, John Sedgwick, only the portables were powered when school started as PSE encountered unforeseen issues during their repair.  This is not the first time that the projected power up times have been inaccurate; e.g., Manchester and Marcus Whitman two weeks ago.  On the other hand, the projections have been spot on or earlier for many of the schools in the district with similar power issues this winter.  Suffice it to say, this is not an exact science and our capacity to quickly assimilate emergency information and make student safety decisions prior to bus route time constraints with close to a hundred routes being run, is challenging.  While I am hopeful that this anomalous weather is behind us, I would welcome any of you who would like to convene a committee to look at this challenge and provide feedback and suggestions for future planning to please respond to me and I will set up a time for us to meet and work through concerns so I can improve this aspect of our district support.  Thank you. 

    Governor Inslee proclaimed March 14-18 as Washington State Classified Staff Appreciation Week. We recognized our dedicated PSE and SEIU employees at the board meeting last night, with Board President Mr. Greg Wall congratulating Presidents Ms. Vivian Jensen (PSE) and Mr. Michael Laxson (SEIU) and we again thank all of you for your hard work behind the scenes and on the front lines supporting the students of our district.  Well done and thank you.  Governor Inslee also proclaimed March 14-18 as School Retirees Appreciation Week. Many of our former staff members remain active in our schools and we appreciate their continued service to support our students.  I meet monthly with a group of retirees at our Communication Roundtable where all school retirees are welcome to attend. I so appreciate the insight and perspective on district issues and initiatives while also better understanding the strong traditions of the district.   

    It has been a great science month thus far in the district.  I attended Science Fairs at both Manchester Elementary and East Port Orchard Elementary in the past two weeks.  The gyms were full and students, families, and staff were enthralled with the projects displayed and the scientific thinking made visible.  I was particularly intrigued with the bread mold experiments and pet food comparisons.  I was interested to note that Mr. Moo, the feline subject, identified Gravy Lovers as a favorite ;>)    

    On Friday 3/11/16 all of South Colby became a multi-age STEAM school! Brought back by popular demand, the South Colby staff and over 20 community experts put on Choices Day. Students in grades K-3 worked in different activities in the morning until lunch time and students in grades 4-6 participated in classes all day. Classes offered for intermediate were Grossology Science, Pancakes (cooking), QR Codes, Movie Making, Salmon Art, Sumi-e’  Japanese Art, Bridge Building/Structural Engineering, Wool Painting, Ocean Advocacy, Stream Table, Earthquake Engineering, and Coding. Class offerings for primary were Zip line building, Dragon drawing combining shapes and use of pastels, Balloon power car building, Structural engineering, and Balancing and measurements using balloons and helium. It was a great learning day with students and teachers exhilarated by the innovative possibilities.  I also enjoyed the Project-based learning and engagement evident everywhere!!

    The School Board recognizes that hosting our meetings requires extra effort on the part of school staff and so we would like to thank the Sunnyslope staff for their hospitality last night.  Thank you also to Ms. Jennifer Meadows and the talented Sunnyslope Elementary Star Choir for providing wonderful entertainment at the board meeting last night.  The young voices were well tuned and the audience present had a real performance treat.  Well done.  Not to be outdone, this evening, the first and second graders at Sidney Glen put on a fantastic exhibition of the classic Puss ‘n Boots dramatic literary production.

    I want to share our continued excitement over our incredible enrollment story. With regard to current student enrollment news, our March 1, 2016, head count was 9,782.  This is up from prior years for this time of the year, and for the first time in many years growing from February to March, which continues to demonstrate a healthy growth in the district and community.  The enrollment chart for FTE student count is the chart for which we receive state funding.  This is such great news for our district as it enables us to be more stable in our planning and resource decision making.  I was recently in a meeting where the following data was shared.  In the Puget Sound region, the population over the last year continues to grow at the rate of seven people per hour.  Jobs are growing at the rate of nine jobs per hour.  Of the ten fastest growing cities in the Puget Sound Region, only one is listed on the Kitsap Peninsula and that is Port Orchard.  Wow, that is worth thinking about…

    Save the date for an upcoming Town Hall Meeting to discuss Threat Assessment at 6:00p.m. on April 20 at South Kitsap High School. The District Threat Assessment Committee will be hosting the event. Threat assessment is a methodical investigative process that evaluates whether a person poses a threat to others. It is based on the premise that targeted violence is preventable and is the result of a discernable process.  This work is patterned after the Salem-Kaizer model which is well known and has been successful in preventing violence and supporting young people in getting the help they need.  The District Threat Assessment Committee met and finalized plans for the Level 1 district training  to be held March 30th at Marcus Whitman Junior High School. This training will be for school site teams and will include administrators, deans, counselor, head teachers, security personnel, psychologists and nurses. The training will be provided by Mr. Neal Perrine, psychologist at South Kitsap High School. The threat assessment process is a preventative strategy to assist our students and provide help and resources before a crisis would occur. All parties are key in identifying symptoms and triggers so that we can make sure that our schools and community are safe. This model of a process for threat assessment was developed by educators and law enforcement in Salem/Kaiser Oregon. Threat assessment trainer, Lieutenant Dave Okada, from the Salem Kaiser Police Department will be at this event to provide an overview for the community regarding this process.

    We continue to work on educating the community on the facts of the upcoming bond. There are two simple videos posted on our website that explain some bond basics. What is a Bond and What is a Levy? explains the difference between bonds and levies.  Property Taxes 101 shows how property taxes are calculated and how they are affected when new homes are built and if bonds and levies are approved.   We hope that these short videos help explain these often complex topics. 

    As we close out this week, please remember to be gentle with yourselves and one another as we cope with at times heartbreaking losses and challenges.  In thinking about this, I want to share the following information in light of our recent tragic loss at the high school Talking to your kids about suicide as it is often difficult to talk about these emotional issues.  If you would like more information or support with this topic, please contact me or the counselor at your school.  Remember that we in South Kitsap are each linked to one another and are all uniquely gifted to support the children in this great district and community.   May that peace that passes all understanding be a part of all of our upcoming days and the joy of the spring season soon be upon us. 

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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